Twelve-year-old Geordon Cox of McKinney is no stranger to cancer. His mom Lisa, diagnosed in 2009, is fighting endometrial and cervical cancer. Three other family members are fighting the disease, too, while two others (a grandmother and aunt) already lost their battles.

For most kids, dealing with such sadness might be impossible to overcome. But Geordon decided to make a difference – to use his love for a sport heʼs been playing since he was 4 years old to raise money to fight this deadly disease.

Geordon and his dad Adam share a love for baseball, and mom Lisa (shown in photo at left) loves to watch her son pitch, so father and son came up with the idea to take pledges from friends and family for every strike Geordon threw in his 2011 season. They would then donate the money to cancer research and awareness; Geordon had found a way to help his mom in her cancer battle.

His coach and team got wind of this challenge and wanted to help, so they collectively decided to turn this fundraising idea into a full-fledged fundraising effort, Strikes Against Cancer.

This weekend, McKinney will welcome as many as 250 select youth baseball teams and their families from around the region to play in the second annual Strikes Against Cancer Benefit Tournament on May 4-6.

McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller recognized Cox’s dedication to his mother’s fight by proclaiming every first weekend in May “Strikes Against Cancer Weekend.”

Strikes Against Cancer is fighting cancer one strike at a time. For more information, go to StrikesAgainstCancer.org. Visitors to the site can make donations, leave memorials for those theyʼve lost and pay tribute to survivors. The organization also has specially designed apparel available to purchase from their site.

All proceeds from tournament entry fees and Strikes Against Cancer merchandise sales benefit the American Cancer Society.

Adam Cox says his son is inspired by his mother's ongoing battle against cancer, which strengthens his dedication to his cause. "Momʼs cancer doesnʼt take a day off,” Adam quotes Geordon as saying.

Adam and Geordon would like to thank the following supporters for their assistance:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Michael Johnson Training Center
  • The Frisco RoughRiders
  • Faith Christian Academy in McKinney
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • City of McKinney (Mayor Loughmiller and the City Council)
  • McKinney Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department
  •  McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Area hotels for housing tournament visitors
  • Triple Creek Academy
  • McKinney Chamber of Commerce
  • Buffalo Wild Wings McKinney #207
  • Collin County Baseball Umpires Association
  • Mickey Mantle World Series
  • McKinney Regional Cancer Center and Dr. Birenbaum
  • The Following North Texas Baseball Organizations; McKinney Marshals, McKinney Mongrels, Frozen Ropes, McKinney Mavericks, Dallas Patriots and TCA Twins
  • McKinney Little League
  • McKinney Baseball Association
  • North Texas Baseball Alliance
  • Allen Image
  • Plano Baseball Association
  • Peak Performance
  • Red Spot Design
  • On Demand Press
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Tahoe Seating
  • Texas Association of Sports Officials
  • GameChanger

For additional tournament information, visit StrikesAgainstCancer.org.